Yet another massacre. Yet another lunatic has invaded a house of worship (a synagogue in Pittsburgh) and mercilessly murdered 11 people, wounding several others (including four police officers). Has your church or synagogue taken precautions to make your place of worship more secure?

If not, form a security team immediately. Enlist the help and advice of law enforcement. Get their ideas on how to make your building a hard target for dangerous violent people. If you can hire an actual uniformed police officer (or two) that would be great. However, you can also have people in your church trained in firearms to legally conceal and carry on the premises. Lastly, train your leadership and teachers in some sort of active shooter response seminar. I recommend ALICE Training. (ALICE stands for “alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.) This is a great way to protect people without necessarily resorting to throwing hot lead (and getting other people killed by inaccurate shooting).

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